How much does a wedding cost in India?

How much does a Wedding cost in India? (For Average Indians)

An overview of Wedding cost in India for Average Indians: Weddings are a dream come true event for most couples. It is the single most awaited occurrence in your life. You want it to be extravagant and lavish to whatever extremes possible and while that is absolutely normal for you to expect, the ever-increasing cost of living and inflation has always been a major factor in the decision making of the entire wedding budget. The wedding cost in India is written in brief below.

Vital factors for deciding Wedding cost in India

No two weddings in India will ever cost the same amount because of the different variables involved. The wedding cost in India may vary depending upon vital factors such as:

  1. Guest count
  2. Number of functions
  3. Traditional activities
  4. Venue location
  5. Food expenses

Today, we will help you understand the various costs that you would have to incur while planning a wedding in India. Right from basic costs up to larger costs, we will try to cover all aspects of a traditional Indian wedding. Since the requirements of every religion differ from one another, the budget will differ too. However, we will give you a stable idea of the expenses incurred in a wedding for average Indians in Pune

We pick Pune since it is a metro area and expenses are higher in such areas. Remember, it is always better to assume an upper limit rather than a lower one so that when you save money from your budget, you feel ecstatic.

1. Venue

A wedding venue can cost anywhere from thousands to lakhs and some even crores of rupees! But for an average Indian, the wedding venue must be one of the most time and resource-intensive decisions he has to take for wedding planning. In Pune, an average wedding venue for around 1000-1500 people should cost you anywhere around INR  1,00,000 to INR 3,00,000. This may be subject to change depending upon the number of guests, the location of the venue and the extravagance of it as well.

2. Decoration

A big business in the wedding industry is the venue decoration business. A mediocre wedding decoration set up (depending upon the venue size) can cost you anywhere between INR 70,000 up to INR 30,00,000. However, for average Indians, this cost can be approximately INR 1,50,000 for a simple yet elegant venue set up with flowers and other attractive accessories.

3. Catering

Catering is one of the major wedding costs in India and goes complimentary with the venue location decision. Like we Indians always say, “no one will remember anything about a wedding but the food!” So it is always good to research your options well before you go for any particular caterer. Again the costs will vary from vegetarian to non-vegetarian options. A vegetarian plate should cost you around INR 600 per plate and a non-vegetarian plate should cost you around INR 1,000 per plate or more.

4. Bridal/Grooms Attire

A bride has a thousand expectations for the ideal wedding attire. Her lehenga will cost her anything between INR 25,000 to INR 1, 00, 000. An average Indian girl shall have to bear a cost of INR 40, 000 for the ideal lehenga along with the jewelry that goes with it for around INR 30, 000 extra. If gold jewelry is in the picture, for every tola of gold that you wear, INR 40, 000 shall increase in your list. Make up for the bride can cost INR 15,000 for basic bridal makeup and hairdo. Various bridal dresses from the Haldi, sangeet, and wedding and up to the reception could cost around INR 1, 00, 000.

Similarly, a groom’s sherwani would cost INR 40,000 (averagely priced) along with his other attire requirements such as juttis, turban, etc. 

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5. Wedding Invitations

Again,  planning the wedding cost in India is incomplete without a good and attractive wedding invitation card. A wedding invitation card will cost you anywhere between INR 50 – 100 per card. If you want to for more graphically created content, the cost may go up by thousands per card. So depending upon the number of invitees and your choice of content, the cost of your invitation cards can be decided.

6. Photography and Videography

Photography and videography are extremely important for any wedding. When you look back at your wedding, there are tons of precious memories captured through these photos and video creations. Thus, employing a good photographer will cost you around INR 40, 000 per day and videographer will cost you around INR 50, 000 per day.

Go for a packaged deal of photo and videography as a bundle. You will definitely save more money by doing this and you will also get both the facilities from one vendor.

7. Accommodation

Accommodation for guests traveling from outside locations (most weddings have at least some guests coming from outside) can be an added expense for a wedding. This can range from INR 1,000 per room on a twin or triple sharing basis and upwards to any amount depending upon the budget. Based on the number of guests and the number of rooms required, this cost will add up to your final wedding expense list.

8. Miscellaneous expenses

A dozen things pop up out of the blue when the wedding cost in India is ongoing. Therefore it is important for families to keep a small amount of money aside for the same. Last-minute supplies, transportation costs of paying drivers, caterers, etc., or something that you have forgotten to add initially can be covered under this allowance. Additionally, if a DJ is hired for the Sangeet, his fees should be included however this is just an additional expense whereas others are bound to happen. 

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Bottom line

Here is a rough summary of the different expenses involved in an Indian wedding:

  • Venue: INR  1,00, 000 to INR 3,00,000
  • Decoration: INR 1,50,000 to INR 3,00,000
  • Catering: INR 600- 1,000 Per Plate 
  • Bridal/Groom’s attire: INR 50,000 – 1,00,000
  • Wedding Invitation: Rs 50-100 per card
  • Photography: INR 50,000 per day
  • Accommodation: INR 1,000 per room

Overall, the average wedding in India may cost somewhere between INR 8-10 lakhs, if you are being thrifty. However, this is just an approximation of the wedding cost. Multiple factors will affect your budget and your requirements. Thus, do a thorough check and research extensively for all the above particulars stated in the above list.

Most importantly, do not over-do it. Your wedding should be as per your capability and not to show off to anyone. Be smart and be responsible with your finances. Good luck!

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Top 10 Richest Person in India in 2019

Top 10 Richest Person in India (Updated: Sept 2019):

India is widely known for its culture and diversity. With a population of around 1.33 Billion, India has set a high standard for itself in the world with its rising economy and annual growth rate. The fields of imports and exports have let India maintain stability in the market over the years.

Stemming from such fruitful opportunities, India is home to many millionaires as well as some billionaires who have put India on the world map as a fast-paced and rapidly progressing nation. These people have not only created a wide window for profitability but they have also helped the nation raise the bar for total GDP growth. They are in the list of richest person in India as well as in the world.

Here, we take a look at the top 10 richest person in India:

1. Mukesh Ambani:

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This name needs no introduction in India. Known by everyone, Mukesh Ambani is India’s largest business tycoon with a penchant for constant improvement. Mukesh Ambani stands 1st on the list of Richest person in India. He is the son of Dhirubhai Ambani and Kokilaben Ambani. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of the Reliance Industries Limited which is one of the Fortune 500 companies in the world.

Mukesh Ambani’s net worth for the year 2019 was estimated around US $50 Billion and has been ranked number 13th on the Forbes World’s Billionaire list. His innovative ideas with regards to the Indian Telecommunications Sector (Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited) along with his other business prospects such as Reliance Industries Limited (Oil and Gas) have helped him attain the highest spot in our list.

2. Azim Premji:

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Second on the list of the Richest Person in India is Azim Premji. He is known as one of the most generous philanthropists in India. He is the founder of Wipro (Western India Products Limited) which is one of the major outsourcing companies in India.

As of 2019, Azim Premji’s net worth is estimated to be around US $22.6 Billion. With the most recent development in their business with Alight Solutions of Illinois whose deal is worth US $1.6 Billion, Wipro has quickly improved its number and credibility over the years.

3. Shiv Nadar:

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Shiv Nadar comes from a humble background from Tamil Nadu but he has a made a big name for himself being the founder of HCL Technologies.

His net worth for the year 2019 has amounted US $16.4 Billion. HCL Technologies is the 4th largest software provider company in India and thus, it has created a credible name for India in the world market. His education endeavors such as Shiv Nadar University which provides quality education, are his ways to improve the Indian education system.

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4. Lakshmi Mittal:

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One of the most well-renowned names in the steel industry is the name and fame of Lakshmi Mittal.

With net worth amounting US $13.6 Billion, Lakshmi Mittal has catapulted his company Mittal Steels to the top of the trade along with a profitable merger with Arcelor (France) in the year 2006. Now, ArcelorMittal has now started acquiring businesses that have failed or been bankrupted, in order to improve business prospects for themselves and other companies as well.

5. Uday Kotak:

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Another prominent name in the richest Indians list includes the name of Uday Kotak. He is the Managing Director of one of the largest customer banks in India – Kotak Mahindra Bank.

His net worth is valued at US $11.8 Billion with constant mergers for improved profitability. His acquisition of ING Bank’s Indian operations in the year 2014 opened newer horizons for profit-making for the bank and for Uday Kotak himself.

6. Kumar Mangalam Birla and Radhakrishna Damani:

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Although into separate business lines, these two have taken the Indian business world by storm through their profitable mergers and acquisitions over the years.

K M Birla has been with the Aditya Birla group for a while now and his unparalleled business sense has valued his net worth at a whopping US $ 11.1 Billion.

Radhakrishna Damani, the founder of D-Mart stores, has been an active investor in numerous ventures such as VST Industries (tobacco relevant), United Breweries (beer relevant) amongst many others with the same net worth as K M Birla at US $11.1 Billion.

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7. Cyrus Poonawala:

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One of the most environment friendly philanthropists in India and his company Serum Institute of India is one of the largest creators of vaccines in the world.

His net worth is valued at US $ 9.5 Billion and he ranks No. 7 in our list. His company is known to produce around 1.5 Billion vaccines doses for a number of diseases. His son’s CSR venture, Adar Poonawala Clean City Initiative in Pune, has won a ton of appreciation from various business leaders.

8. Gautam Adani:

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Being the chairman of Adani Group, he holds a rightful spot in our richest Indians list.

Gautam Adani has a net worth of US $ 8.7 Billion and his vast empire includes absolute control of one of India’s most vital ports, the Mundra Port along with investments in other fields such as power generation, real estate, the commodities market, etc.

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9. Dilip Shangvi:

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The pharmaceuticals industry is one of the most profitable in India. Therefore, Dilip Shangvi, founder of Sun Pharmas, deserves a mention in our list. His net worth is US $ 7.6 Billion which contributes to the ownership of India’s most reliable pharmaceutical companies.

10. Nusli Wadia:

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Lastly, the name Nusli Wadia is infamous in India. With him being the Chairman of Wadia Group, his net worth has been estimated to be around US $ 6.4 Billion. His company includes powerful and highly profitable names such as Britannia Industries (FMCG), GoAir (Airlines), amongst others. 

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